Review and Giveaway: Playful Learning

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  1. Tiffany G. says:

    Right now I currently use traditional holidays like Valentine's day as an opportunity to teach my kids about God. So, we are talking about God's love right now… we do crafts, sing songs, read books, and use puppets to help them learn.

  2. MJA says:

    I am teaching through play this week by talking about Groundhog Day. We have read several books (fiction and non-fiction) about groundhogs and Groundhogs Day. In doing so we have learned new vocabulary (like burrow and hibernate) and reviewed the seasons. We have colored pictures, done mazes, and tomorrow we'll be making a groundhog craft (so cute – he pops up out of a cup!). For our "grand finale" on Thursday I'm hoping we'll be able to watch Phil on TV, and we'll also have a special snack and put on a groundhog day performance for Grandma, who is coming to visit.

  3. I love both of your ladies' ideas of using the current holidays (or weirdy days in the case of Groundhog day) to be the starting point for teaching. I have found that having a theme makes it so much easier to have a direction about where you are going. Plus, having a key word makes it that much simpler to search the internet for ideas! 🙂

  4. Lesley says:

    This book sounds amazing! I've also been thinking about my son's "quality of play" lately and really scrutinizing a lot of the toys we have collected over the past year and a half. I've begun to weed out a lot of the ones that don't really serve a purpose, or aren't as adaptable to become objects he can actually learn from (and not just push a button and get the same response over and over and over….;)
    Great blog post Christina!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Tiff, you guys were always great about "play with a purpose." One of many qualities I admire in your family. =) -Lynne H.

  6. Phyllis says:

    We do all sorts of learning through play around here! With kids 7, 5, 2, and 7 weeks, there are all kinds of toys that come out at once. Just allowing the kids to play with them together is HUGE! Sometimes, we try too often to categorize things and forget to allow kids the opportunity to use their imaginations to mix the toys up a bit. So… for example. Jenga becomes a load of logs that fell on the train track that Thomas has to clear. The Play-Doh basketball shooter becomes a catapult for the Star Wars guys to fly into outer space. The other day, we had a train track set up, and pirates (Playmobil) came and attacked the island. They took over the train lines, and all the freight cars were forced to carry the gold treasure to safe hiding in a cave underground.

    The Magic Tree House books have been a wonderful source of inspiration for play in our house. Our 7-year-old reads them, tells the other kids about it, and they act out all kinds of things from the books that they can't read about themselves. So the olders teach the youngers in this way. Expansion of vocabulary at its best!!!!

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